The first formal meeting held on Thursday of 8th June 2006 at Red Crescent Concord Tower, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Many Women Entrepreneurs and renowned Business Women attended the meeting. They undertook a concrete decision to build a strong & powerful Confederation to help each other and to face various challenges while running a business in various sectors. The federation was named as "Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs". In the meeting all participants requested Ms. Rokia Afzal Rahman to take the responsibility to materialize the vision of the Federation and elected her as the President.
On 29th June 2006, the General Meeting was held at Red Crescent Concord Tower, Mohakhali, Dhaka. Many women entrepreneurs and business women attended the meeting. An Executive Committee (EC) consisting of 13 members was established by direct voting of the attended women entrepreneurs. It was decided that the EC will develop plans, programs of the Federation and execute it to build at a strong foundation for women’s advancement in different spheres especially in the business sector.
The first promoters of the Federation are the following:
- Women Entrepreneurs Association - WEA.
- Bachte Shekha - Jessore.
- TMSS - Bogra
- Women in Small Enterprises - WISE.
- Khulna Women Entrepreneurs Association.
- Monjulika Chakma - Rangamati.
- Chittagong Women Entrepreneurs Association.
- Mini Mart
- And many other individual women entrepreneurs.
It is important to point out that TMSS, a member of the federation, has a membership of 3 million people out of which 95% are women . Then another member, Bachte Shekha, works with 100000 poor and destitute women. Chittagong Women Entrepreneurs Association works in the Chittagong district covering Chittagong Hill tracks – Bandarban, Khagrachori, Rangamati, Cox’s Bazar and Comilla. WEA specializes in developing new business enterprises for women entrepreneurs. WISE (Women in Small Enterprises) does research works and networking with other women organizations. Mini Mart Group in Dhaka facilitates marketing for small, medium, - micro enterpreses. Mini Mart Group is owned and managed by women.